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Major Craft Triple Cross EU Custom 9’6'' 10-30g lure rod review - £199.99 UK price (and hope to see you at the European Sport Fishing Show tomorrow)

The one rod in the discontinued Major Craft Skyroad range that I never got to spend any meaningful time with was the 9’6’’ 10-30g. I spent a heap of time fishing with their awesome Major Craft Skyroad SKR-962 Surf 9’6’’ 5-28g, but my only experiences with that Skyroad 9’6’’ 10-30g rod was when I came across a few kind anglers who let me have a quick chuck with theirs. So yes, it was rather exciting to get my grubby mitts on this new Major Craft Triple Cross EU Custom 9’6’’ 10-30g lure rod. I’m not going to repeat myself here with why we are seeing this new “EU Custom range” of these Triple Cross rods, because you can find that info in my review of the outstanding 9’ rod - check here.

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We can get our hands on so much good lure fishing gear these days, and when I come across a rod like this Major Craft Triple Cross EU Custom 9’6’’ 10-30g lure rod which to be perfectly honest floated my boat the moment I picked it up and give it a waggle, I do wonder how anybody could not like fishing with a rod like this. For sure you might prefer a longer or shorter or more powerful or whatever lure rod, but as a 9’6’’ long lure fishing rod that is rated to fish with lure in that almost “do it all” 10-30g range, I fail to see how you can’t enjoy using a rod that works as well as this one. It’s a class bit of kit, but yes, obviously I accept completely that we all like different things. I mean hell, some anglers don’t go panic buying DoLive Sticks!

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I like the handle on this rod, I like the build, I like the look of the rod, and I like the price. If a 9’6’’ rod is as light and responsive as this one is then I am perfectly happy lure fishing with a rod this long, and holy cow does it get lures out there. I happen to think the 10-30g rating is spot on - only yesterday morning I was absolutely larruping (technical casting word!) a 30g casting jig with no issues, and managing to fish it properly at serious range as well. How do I know this? Because a bass jumped on the end! Please note that I am not telling you to go overloading the rod just because I have full-blooded a 30g jig, rather that I agree with the 10-30g figures. Putting out a 6’’ DoLive is as effortless as loading the rod up and belting a Patchinko out there, and so on.

It’s all very well putting lures out through, but at the end of the day you’ve got to be able to fish them properly. I can’t stand lure rods that “collapse” into a surface lure like the Patchinko, and when I clip on that 30g casting jig the next cast, I want to be able to work it properly at range. And so on. I liked this rod from the off, but sometimes I really like a rod to start with then over time I might find a few often minor issues that end up grating a little bit. Not at all with this Major Craft Triple Cross EU Custom 9’6’’ 10-30g lure rod though, indeed the more I have fished with it, the more I have liked it as locations and conditions have dictated a load of different lures and methods - and the rod does the lot with ease. I kind of enjoy trying to trip a lure rod up, but I’m damned if I can with this one, and it’s a rod I will be very sorry to send back to those nice people at Chesil Bait’n’Tackle.

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And if it helps, I know of two very good UK lure anglers who both have this Major Craft Triple Cross EU Custom 9’6’’ 10-30g lure rod and have both landed 10lb+ bass on them. One I believe was taken on a metal and the other was taken off the top over in Ireland. All these rods we use are more than capable of landing big bass, but it’s good to know that a new to the UK rod has actually been properly tested out in the real world by some proper anglers who know their onions.

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What more can I say? This Major Craft Triple Cross EU Custom 9’6’’ 10-30g lure rod is a bloody good 9’6’’ lure fishing for for how so many of us go about our bass fishing, and for a penny under the £200 mark and with the amount of lure rods I have fished with, it’s a bit of a steal in my opinion. I can’t compare it to the discontinued 9’6’’ Skyroad, but as with that shorter Major Craft Triple Cross EU Custom 9’ 10-30g lure rod that I reviewed a while back, once more I take my hat off to those Chesil Bait’n’Tackle people for seriously nailing this “EU Custom” range of the Major Triple Cross rods. The discontinued Skyroad rods were a tough act to follow, but these EU Custom rods are all that plus a little bit more.

Hoping to see a bunch of you at the European Sport Fishing Show in Bristol tomorrow and/or Sunday, and I have been told that a whole heap of new Major Craft rods - including this EU Custom range - will be on display at the Todber Manor stand. I am working with the RNLI at the show, but I might also be waggling rods on the Art of Fishing, Lure Heaven, and Todber Manor stands. See you there, and if you by any chance come looking for me from about 2.30pm onwards on the Saturday afternoon and don’t find me, well I’ll have sodded off to (nervously?) watch the England v South Africa rugby!

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